Spartans and Gators cruise to easy victories

Kyle Riviere
kriviere@weeklycitizen.com
East Ascension's Keenen Dunn (No. 7) accounted for 146 total yards and a score in the Spartans' 28-7 win over McKinley. Photo by DKMoon Photography.

Ever since their annual clash on Oct. 14, archrivals St. Amant and East Ascension have hit their stride, combining to go 3-1.

The Gators followed up their impressive 54-6 victory over the Spartans with a huge top-10 showdown at Catholic.

They came out on fire—jumping out to a 22-0 lead. Late in the game, they led 28-17, but they couldn’t escape Olympia Stadium with the win.

The Bears outscored them, 21-3, in the second half to squeeze out a 31-28 victory.

Just one week removed from the heartbreaking loss, the Gators had to move on for a district road game against 2-6 Broadmoor.

St. Amant showed no signs of a hangover, nor did they take the struggling Buccaneers lightly. They took complete control from the very beginning, erupting for 50 first-half points in what became a 50-13 victory.

The 10th-ranked Gators scored on all seven of their first-half possessions.

On their opening drive, they moved 57 yards downfield in just six plays. Cade Nelson finished things off with a four-yard touchdown run to give them a 6-0 lead.

It didn’t take long for them to get back into scoring position.

On Broadmoor’s ensuing possession, Patrick Wolfe picked off Zachary Johnson and returned it to the Buccaneer 1-yard line. On the very next play, Nelson powered in for another score.

The Broodmoor mistakes continued as they gave up a safety due to a bad snap on a punt.

The first-quarter blitzkrieg came to an end with a 56-yard touchdown pass from Hayden Mallory to Briggs Bourgeois.

In the second quarter, Mallory kept the hot hand.

He threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to Ivan Prejean. Then, following the recovery of a Broadmoor fumble, Mallory hit Prejean for another long score—this one going for 42 yards.

The Gators ended the first half with a touchdown pass from Mallory to Jacob Cheatwood to give them an overpowering 50-0 lead at the break.

Most of the St. Amant starters didn’t play in the second half—including Mallory. In just two quarters of work, he went 11-13 for 193 yards and four touchdowns.

The victory improved St. Amant to 9-1 overall and 3-1 in district play.

For their regular-season finale, the Gators will be playing for a possible top-five seeding in the playoffs. They’ll host parish and district rival Dutchtown.

East Ascension was coming off of a huge victory over the Griffins in the previous week.

The Spartans limped into their matchup 0-6 and fresh off of a humiliating 54-6 loss to the Gators.

They were hungry to earn Darnell Lee his first victory as the East Ascension head coach, and they did so emphatically. The Spartans blanked Dutchtown, 24-0.

Still confident from the victory, East Ascension hit the road on Friday night to face a 4-4 McKinley team that had won two straight games.

The Spartans rolled to a 28-7 win.

The versatile Keenen Dunn torched the Panther defense three different ways—as a runner, as a passer and also as a receiver.

Dunn completed two passes for 77 yards, he had two catches for 46 yards and he rushed for 23 yards and a score.

The Spartans also got a big boost from Jaquinn Mitchell as he scored on a 90-yard kickoff return.

The back-to-back victories improved East Ascension to 2-6 overall and 2-2 in district play.

They’ll have a tremendous opportunity to finish 2016 with three straight victories as they host 2-7 Broadmoor on Friday night.